According to the Washington Post, President Barack Obama made recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. These appointments "are something unions have made a big priority for them in the new year," the newspaper noted.
Governor Nikki Haley today joined members of South Carolina's congressional delegation in condemning these appointments.
Gov. Haley said, "These recess appointments, which will energize unions across the country in advance of this year's election, represent an outrageous abuse of the president's power. With the unprecedented attack on Boeing, South Carolina has seen first-hand what the NLRB is willing to do to American jobs and American workers. Today's actions are just another example of how far this president will go to keep the support of his union political allies - and frankly, it's shameful."
"The President clearly does not understand the potential damage an out-of-control NLRB can do to our nation's economy. We saw a glimpse of that potential in my district when the NLRB sued Boeing for no rational reason, and last September the House passed legislation I introduced which would remove the ability of the board to actively destroy American jobs," said Congressman Tim Scott (S.C.-01). "The NLRB's recent track record shows it has been guided by political agendas, instead of acting as the unbiased arbiter it was created to be. Board members must be properly scrutinized to ensure this cannot continue, and that the workplace rights of all Americans are protected. With recess appointments, this important vetting process simply doesn't happen."
"President Obama is thumbing his nose at the American people and the Constitution of the United States," said Congressman Jeff Duncan (S.C.-03). "I've never seen a President so blatantly disregard the law. With this appointment, President Obama is claiming he has the power to ignore one of the most critical checks that our Founding Fathers placed on the President."